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No School Monday, May 29th
Memorial Day Holiday
To Honor Our Fallen Veterans

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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

AVID student

"AVID really helps you even when†you don't

realize it.†It can actually†get you places."

Introduction

AVID is a program that the Gresham-Barlow School District implemented in 2006 at Gresham and Sam Barlow High Schools. The AVID program was expanded to three middle schools--Clear Creek, Dexter McCarty and Gordon Russell--in September 2007.†

The graduating Class of 2010 included over 30 students who participated in the AVID program,†Many of these graduates will be continuing their education in community colleges and universities in Oregon.

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all

students for college readiness and success in a global society.

AVID at a Glance

What AVID is . . .
  • AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
  • AVID is an in-school academic support program for grades 5-12 that prepares students for
    college eligibility and success.
  • AVID places academically average students in advanced classes.
  • AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a
    college-going tradition in their families.
  • AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.
  • AVID is implemented schoolwide and districtwide.
What AVID Isnít . . .
  • AVID isnít a remedial program.
  • AVID isnít a free ride.
  • AVID isnít a niche program.
  • AVID isnít a college outreach program.

The AVID Student

AVID targets students in the academic middle - B, C, and even D students - who have the
desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.

Curriculum

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high
school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WIC-R method,
which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID
elective classes, in content-area classes in AVID schools, and even in schools where the AVID
elective is not offered.

Who Uses AVID?

AVID is at work in nearly 4,500 schools in 45 states and 15 countries serving more than 400,000 students. Large urban schools, tiny rural schools, resource-rich suburban schools, struggling schools - they all find that AVID meets the needs of their students in the middle.

Results

A well-developed AVID program improves schoolwide standardized test scores, advanced
rigorous course enrollments, and the number of students attending college. Since 1990, nearly
40,000 AVID students have graduated from high school and gone on to college. Currently,
94.3% of AVID students report enrolling in college, 75% in four-year institutions and 17.2% in
community colleges. The national average for four-year college enrollment is 35 percent.

Why AVID Works

Between the remedial programs for students who lag far behind, and the gifted-and-talented
programs for a schoolís brightest children, lies the silent majority: average students, who do
ďokayĒ in ordinary classes but, because they donít attract attention to themselves, are left alone.
Many of these students hunger for more challenging coursework but fear failure. Their potential
lies dormant, waiting to be recognized, encouraged and supported.

Dexter McCarty contacts: 503-665-0148
Amy Nimz-Assistant Principal †- Email nimz@gresham.k12.or.us
Rachel Sisson-Counselor †- Email †sisson@gresham.k12.or.us

More information about AVID is available at:†www.avidonline.org

Current College Students, are you interested in becoming an AVID Tutor?Cick Here†for more information


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